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Area softball teams open strong in region tournaments

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Softball region tournaments have begun for area teams seeking a deep run into the playoffs. For some, the first round brought easy wins.

Greenbrier took care of Warner Robins by a combined score of 32-0 over seven innings in two games. Kirsten Titus pitched a one-hit shutout over four innings in the first game of the Region 2-AAAAA Tournament, while Julie Underwood threw three no-hit innings in the second game.

“We’ve been very fortunate to have Kirsten and Julie as two options for us,” Wolpack coach Garrett Black said. “The stakes are getting bigger. We’re pleased where we are. We’ve had ups and downs, but I hope we’re peaking at the right time.”

Greenbrier plays host to Jones County on Wednesday in the semifinals.

Fellow Region 2-AAAAA team Evans picked up two wins against Northside-Warner Robins, 7-0 and 9-3, to advance.

Harlem swept past East Laurens by a combined score of 40-2 over six innings in two games to advance in the Region 3-AA Tournament.

Amber Garrett pitched a two-hit shutout in the first game to improve to 11-4, while Lindsey Stokes backed her with two home runs. In the second game, Kristin Rawlins allowed two runs over three innings to move to 11-3, while adding two hits and four RBI. Garrett also had three hits and three RBI for the Lady Bulldogs.

Harlem will play Screven County in the region championship Wednesday, as the Lady Gamecocks defeated Westside 11-2 and 9-0 to knock the Lady Patriots from the tournament.

Cross Creek took care of Statesboro in the first round of the Region 3-AAAA Tournament, winning 18-1 and 16-8 to advance. Seven Lady Razorbacks had two or more hits in the first game, and they nearly matched the total in the second game. Kaya Waycasters led the offensive outburst with a 4 for 5 performance between the two games, including a triple.

Cross Creek will play South Effingham in the second round today. The Lady Mustangs beat the Lady Gamecocks 6-5 in their only matchup this season.

STRONG SHOWINGS: The SCHSL Region V Swimming Championship was held Saturday, with Lexington earning first place for both boys and girls. However, several area teams fought hard to place in the top three.

South Aiken boys finished second with 257 points, winning the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay. Thomas Hang gave the Thoroughbreds two individual wins in the 100- and 500-yard freestyles.

Aiken finished third with 242 points and North Augusta finished fourth with 225. The Yellow Jackets received individual wins from Eric Collins in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard breastroke.

North Augusta girls finished second behind Lexington at 309 points, with Aiken coming in third and South Aiken finishing fourth. North Augusta’s Nicole Fuller and South Aiken’s Audrey Robinson each won two individual events.

STILL ROLLING: Greenbrier volleyball continues its magical season with a current record of 28-1. The Lady Wolfpack defeated Warner Robins, Northside-Warner Robins and Houston County on Saturday to improve to 4-0 in Area 2-AAAAA.

Jen Purucker leads the team with 125 kills in 25 matches. Sarah Sather has 170 digs, while Jen Orial has 157.

“What’s so awesome about this group of girls is they’re willing to make the adjustments to win,” coach Debbie Born said. “This is probably one of the best groups I’ve ever had at doing that. They get determined, and it’s great to see.”

The ninth-ranked Lady Wolfpack have two region matches remaining before the area tournament begins Oct. 12 against Lakeside.


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